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7 hours ago, Lenzar said:

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An undefeated month, but once again we look better on paper than we did on the field.

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Dundee Utd have proven that they're not invincible, but I still think it's a tall order for a semi-pro team to keep up the pace.

Are you the only semiprofessional team in the Championship then? Really impressive season if you are ūüėÄ

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3 victories down to luck rather than skill eventually led to a poor performance against Raith.

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We're still going very well though.

On ‚Äé24‚Äé/‚Äé03‚Äé/‚Äé2017 at 07:53, Northernpilgrim said:

Are you the only semiprofessional team in the Championship then? Really impressive season if you are ūüėÄ

Stirling are still semi-professional, but the other sides are all full time.

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A busy month with some good results. The Dundee Utd match was a lot easier than I'd expected - it just proved nearly impossible to score!

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Dundee Utd had a terrible December as we hit the halfway mark. Can we hold on?

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Once again we were more fortunate than prolific. We actually had the lead against Celtic, but our tiny stadium meant that game was worth virtually nothing.

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Others had a mixed month, giving us a solid 9 point lead to take into the final third of the season.

 

Transfers

Not too many additions this January - my scouts can't find anyone better than my current crop of players. Nontheless I feel I've added more strength in depth.

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What are Dundee Utd doing down there? :(

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7 hours ago, noikeee said:

What are Dundee Utd doing down there? :(

Aren't they Championship this season IRL?

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Only 3 points from 9 to February as the wheels begin to wobble.

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Dundee Utd are closing back in.

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1 minute ago, Lenzar said:

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Only 3 points from 9 to February as the wheels begin to wobble.

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Dundee Utd are closing back in.

10 games to go, looking interesting! :)

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We put a dreary February behind us and sprung back with an excellent March.

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9 points clear with 18 on offer. At this stage I wouldn't be confident going into the playoffs. We must win the league to go up.

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A strong start to April was enough to render the last three games of the season as nothing more than dead rubbers.

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Fairly comfortable in the end.

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Bloody hell you're not wasting any time in this career. Congrats on making it to the Premiership.

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Dumbarton - 2018/19 Season Review - Scottish Championship

 

League - Streaks of wins throughout the season gave us enough of a lead to cover for periods of slip-ups. We were particularly poor against Raith for some reason.

Scottish Cup - An easy win against a non-league team, before running straight into the juggernaut that was Celtic.

Other Cups - We were done with the League Cup before the season got going, and lost to Celtic's 'Under 20' team in the semis of the Challenge Cup.

Key Players

Fraser Aird

Jamie Lindsay

Will Boyle

 

Transfers | Season Best XI | Overall Best XI

 

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Posted (edited)

With Dumbarton's board offering me a tiny transfer budget, and a stadium expansion taking our stadium capacity to a tiny 4k, I decided that the club simply didn't have the growth required to survive. Therefore, I decided to look for other work.

The club I will be going to are an ex-Premier League side, currently a little down on their luck in League Two, where they finished 21st - this was after being relegated from League One the previous season.

This does break the rule I set that I would stay a club for two years, but I wouldn't see a manager who has just won three promotions in a row wanting to stay at a club with no resources to improve.

In addition, I managed to negotiate a wage of £1,200 a week at my new club...

Club #3 - Oldham Athletic (League Two)

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This... actually doesn't make much sense to me. You're switching a top level team (although it's Scotland) for a level 4 team (although it's England). I would've thought you could find a better job!

Anyway, good luck at Oldham.

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10 minutes ago, noikeee said:

This... actually doesn't make much sense to me. You're switching a top level team (although it's Scotland) for a level 4 team (although it's England). I would've thought you could find a better job!

Anyway, good luck at Oldham.

I declared interest in a couple of other English jobs. Only the Oldham one (and another League Two club I can't recall) even bothered to interview me.

Almere City in the Dutch second tier also interviewed me.

Oldham have more money and much better attendances than Dumbarton did. Scottish football seems really quite tiny outside of the top half dozen clubs!

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A good, if unremarkable start. I'm hoping that we can somehow find goals from somewhere as they're proving a little hard to come by.

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Hopefully we can hang onto a top seven spot.

Transfers

Brexit has definitely made it far more difficult to sign players. Even Scottish players now require a work permit! I did manage to get Chelsea as a senior affiliate, so that will hopefully land us some decent youngsters.

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I think my players must have read the thread as they went goal-crazy in September! I'm not too bothered about the EFL Trophy loss - WBA's 'Under 23' side included a 28 year old!

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We're the early pace setters!

 

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Victories at either end of the month sandwich a series of poor results.

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But we're still top, at least for now.

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November saw us squeak past a number of teams, before our luck ran out at the end of the month.

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As we approach halfway, I'm starting to think we'll be able to hold on to a promotion spot.

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Another month of unconvincing performances, but we avoided any festive failures.

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The teams behind can't seem to make any progress.

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22 hours ago, Lenzar said:

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Another month of unconvincing performances, but we avoided any festive failures.

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The teams behind can't seem to make any progress.

Great first half of the season! KUTGW :)

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We entered the new decade with four big league wins, but the wheels started wobbling again.

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Coventry have become ruthless in their pursuit. Still 11 points clear of 4th, though.

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2 minutes ago, Lenzar said:

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We entered the new decade with four big league wins, but the wheels started wobbling again.

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Coventry have become ruthless in their pursuit. Still 11 points clear of 4th, though.

Great start to the month and the wobble was against top 10 (2 in the top 6) teams. You'll be fine :)

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Draws and close wins don't exactly inspire me with confidence, even if we are beating the teams directly below us. The FA Cup game against City cleared most of debt, though.

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We still haven't shaken Coventry off.

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A pretty good March, especially with those four clean sheets in a row.

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4 points clear of 2nd place, 13 clear of 4th. It's still a little closer than I'd like...

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Just now, Lenzar said:

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A pretty good March, especially with those four clean sheets in a row.

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4 points clear of 2nd place, 13 clear of 4th. It's still a little closer than I'd like...

Congratulations on promotion. It's only a matter of time before it's official :)

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Posted (edited)

The run-ins for the top three look like this:

Oldham

4.4.20: Coventry (2nd) (A)
11.4.20: Crawley (12th) (H)
13.4.20: Eastleigh (23rd) (A)
18.4.20: Hartlepool (6th) (A)
2.5.20: Stevenage (19th) (H)
9.5.20: Cambridge (9th) (A)

Coventry

4.4.20: Oldham (1st) (H)
11.4.20: Stevenage (19th) (A)
13.4.20: Cambridge (9th) (H)
18.4.20: Yeovil (5th) (A)
2.5.20: Blackpool (8th) (H)
9.5.20: Newport (21st) (A)

Swindon

3.4.20: Plymouth (11th) (H)
11.4.20: Fleetwood (18th) (A)
13.4.20: Hartlepool (6th) (H)
18.4.20: Southend (18th) (H)
2.5.20: Northampton (17th) (A)
9.5.20: Accrington (14th) (H)

 

Notts County still have an outside chance of catching us..but I'd like to hope that a 13 point gap and a superior goal difference is enough!

Edited by Lenzar

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Coventry didn't play like potential title winners with only their goalkeeper putting in a decent performance.

Swindon destroyed Plymouth 4-0. We have a 7 point lead over Coventry and promotion is now guaranteed!

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We should have done better in both of these games, but we go 7 points clear with just 3 games left.

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4 minutes ago, Lenzar said:

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We should have done better in both of these games, but we go 7 points clear with just 3 games left.

Another title beckons :)

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We confirm the title in the North-East thanks to two soft goals.

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noikeee   

It seems like everytime I get into this thread, it's to comment on how easy it looks. Well done again.

What kind of tactical system are you using, btw?

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2 minutes ago, noikeee said:

It seems like everytime I get into this thread, it's to comment on how easy it looks. Well done again.

What kind of tactical system are you using, btw?

I think with Oldham that the AI was badly mismanaging things. They'd been relegated from League One in 17-18, and followed that up with 22nd place in League Two. The lack of a decent goalkeeper can't have helped, though. The first two seasons they were relying on a loanee!

As for my tactics, they're nothing special:

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Posted (edited)

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Oldham Athletic - 2019/20 Season Review - League Two

 

League - We looked pretty good for most of the year and sealed a return back to League One with relative ease.

FA Cup -  Three fairly easy ties earned us a big payday against Man City.

Other Cups - My disdain for these two competitions showed as backup players went out early in both.

Key Players

Jake Andrews

Stuart Findlay

George McEachran

Ben Hall

 

Transfers | Season Best XI | Overall Best XI

 

Edited by Lenzar

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17 hours ago, Lenzar said:

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Oldham Athletic - 2019/20 Season Review - League Two

 

League - We looked pretty good for most of the year and sealed a return back to League One with relative ease.

FA Cup -  Three fairly easy ties earned us a big payday against Man City.

Other Cups - My disdain for these two competitions showed as backup players went out early in both.

Key Players

Jake Andrews

Stuart Findlay

George McEachran

Ben Hall

 

Transfers | Season Best XI | Overall Best XI

 

Who went down with Eastleigh? The screenshot has chopped the bottom club off. 

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On ‚Äé19‚Äé/‚Äé04‚Äé/‚Äé2017 at 16:50, Northernpilgrim said:

Who went down with Eastleigh? The screenshot has chopped the bottom club off. 

Aldershot.

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A good start to the new season, but the defence definitely need to improve.

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Not much to read from the league table for now, but it's still nice to be at the right end of things.

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Posted (edited)

 

Things were pretty busy in the transfer market.

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We're starting to wobble a little as the season gets going. The own goal we scored in the Rotherham game was from a defender lobbing his own keeper!

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The top two of last year's League Two hold position at the top of League One. Can we keep it up?

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A series of victories that were far closer than they look here - only in the Colchester game did we perform anything like the results suggest.

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A nice cushion over the chasing pack - but there's harder games coming soon!

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2 hours ago, Lenzar said:

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A series of victories that were far closer than they look here - only in the Colchester game did we perform anything like the results suggest.

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A nice cushion over the chasing pack - but there's harder games coming soon!

I'd put money on you going up from here :)

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Things looked pretty good until the end of the month.

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Swindon are still close behind, but we're pulling away from the rest!

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Meet the latest reason for why I've not been updating this much. :D

Oscar Peter Luke, born 1st June weighing 8lb!

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7 hours ago, Lenzar said:

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Meet the latest reason for why I've not been updating this much. :D

Oscar Peter Luke, born 1st June weighing 8lb!

Congratulations mate! Lovely photo :)

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Three good wins to start December, but a mini-wobble around Christmas.

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Swindon still in hot pursuit. A run of poor form would let Wycombe back in - here's hoping we can hold on!

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On 6/5/2017 at 16:20, Lenzar said:

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Meet the latest reason for why I've not been updating this much. :D

Oscar Peter Luke, born 1st June weighing 8lb!

Congrats on your first signing!

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We have definitely started to wobble a fair bit. Snuck 1-0 wins never look comfortable, and certainly won't be enough to win us the league.

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Swindon just seem unstoppable right now.

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